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MATT GILLETT to play The Childcatcher in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Matt Gillett
Matt Gillett

Music & Lyrics and West Yorkshire Playhouse have announced that Matt Gillett will play the role of The Childcatcher in the Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, which is touring across the UK and Ireland until February 2017. Matt was already a part of the ensemble when the producers discovered his talent for playing this iconic role. John Stalker, Executive Producer of Music & Lyrics, said, “We are delighted to offer Matt this starring role having understudied the part of The Childcatcher since the beginning of the show in Leeds. Matt’s performance will have everyone on the edge of their seats!” Martin Kemp, who currently plays The Childcatcher, leaves the production on 24th April 2016 and Matt will be taking over the role from 4th May 2016 in Milton Keynes.

From 4th May 2016, Matt Gillett, who previously played Bob Crewe in the UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys and appeared in Top Hat in London’s West End, will join Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) as Caractacus Potts, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Misérables, War of the Worlds) as Truly Scrumptious, Shaun Williamson (The Railway Children, EastEnders) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.

Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd), who plays Caractacus Potts until 24 April, returns to the role on 21 September. Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray), who plays Lord Scrumptious and Baron Bomburst until 24 April, returns to the show from 24 August.

Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran, and Kathryn Barnes, Rosanna Bates, Alex Louize Bird, Abigail Climer, Jade Davies, Ewan Gillies, Joanna Goodwin, Nathan Vaughan Harris, Christopher D Hunt, Paul Iveson, Nia Jermin, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Mollie Melia-Redgrave, Perry O’Dea, Matt Overfield, Ross Russell, Craig Turner and Robert Wilkes.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who were also responsible for Mary Poppins, The Slipper and the Rose, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. The Sherman Brothers have won two Academy Awards with a further nine nominations, two Grammy Awards and they have received 21 gold and platinum albums.

The film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.

This new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear. There is a live orchestra with Musical Supervision by Stephen Ridley. Set and costume design is by Simon Higlett, lighting design is by Tim Mitchell, sound design is by Ben Harrison and video design is by Simon Wainwright.

2024 UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at Edinburgh Playhouse from Tue 28 May to Sat 1 Jun 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bank is at New Theatre Oxford from Tue 1 Oct to Sun 6 Oct 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tue 2 Jul to Sun 7 Jul 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bank is at King’s Theatre, Glasgow from Tue 27 Aug to Sun 8 Sep 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at New Wimbledon Theatre from Tue 21 May to Sun 26 May 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bank at New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Wed 15 May to Sun 19 May 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from Tue 22 Oct to Sun 27 Oct 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Liverpool Empire from Tue 8 Oct to Sun 20 Oct 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Princess Theatre, Torquay from Tue 6 Aug to Sun 11 Aug 2024

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